Little Rock Life: Diversity in People, Geography, Culture

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 12:11 am  


The region boasts more than 100 shopping centers, malls and large retail areas, with more than 8 million SF of retail space in the county.

Little Rock has become a destination for good food, high quality retail shops, and other entertainment. With more than a million people within 100 miles of the Capital City and a stable and diverse economy, we enjoy maintained and consistent growth in the commercial retail sector. The proof is in the approximately 100,000 people dining and shopping with us on a weekly basis.

- Lou Schickel, Pleasant Ridge Town Center


  • American Taekwondo Association has 1,500 independently owned and operated licensed schools and clubs across North America and eight other countries, while its H. U. Lee International Gate & Garden is a favorite downtown destination.
  • Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, provides an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle. Of the money raised through the Race, 75 percent stays in Arkansas to fund educational programs, while the remaining 25 percent funds national research grants.
  • The Arkansas Razorbacks annually play football, basketball, baseball and other NCAA Division I, SEC sports in the region.
  • The Arkansas Travelers’ Dickey-Stephens Park is the home of the Class AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
  • Arkansas Wildlife is found on several million acres of the state’s public lands, making the state and central Arkansas a haven for fishermen, duck and deer hunters.
  • The Little Rock Marathon, begun in 2003, is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon that welcomes runners from all 50 states and around the world to the scenic, loop course that passes some of Little Rock’s most notable landmarks.
  • Real Deal in the Rock is America’s top 17-and-under basketball tournament, featuring the country’s elite collegiate recruits, led by recent NBA No. 1 draft picks John Wall, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant. The event entered its 13th year in 2017.
  • UA Little Rock Trojans’ Jack Stephens Center is the home of NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball teams, known as the Trojans, and has played host to the women’s NCAA Tournament.
  • Verizon Arena and its 18,000 seats have hosted NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball and SEC Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
  • War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field, the 55,000-seat, second home field of the Arkansas Razorbacks Football Team, hosts many other collegiate and high school games.

Museums Galleries and Libraries

Performing Arts

Serve the Rock

The Little Rock region is home to a wide variety of  nonprofits. The chamber’s annual Serve the Rock event allows business minded individuals to plug in to opportunities from over 75 nonprofts.



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